A family of 8 is traveling through Australia's most remote regions in a fully customized double-decker camper van. Here's a look inside.



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 An Australian family of eight commissioned one the largest
 campers in the
 world in order to explore Australia's most remote regions for
 months at a time. 
 Designed by Australian luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer 
 SLRV, it serves as a fully functioning house on wheels. 
 Dubbed the 
 Commander 8x8, the vehicle is 40 feet long, two stories
 tall, and can sleep up to 10 people. 
 SLRV did not disclose the final cost of the camper but
 previously 
 estimated that the price would fall between $670,000 and
 $1,370,000. 
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 Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 
 An Australian family of eight is traveling around the wilds of
 Australia in a veritable mansion on wheels.
 The family, who prefers to remain anonymous, contacted
 Australia's leading luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer,
 SLRV, a year and a
 half ago about designing a camper that would allow them explore
 the country's most remote regions for months on end, SLRV
 cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.
 This was no small feat: Australia is home to some of the world's
 last 
 true wilderness and is the 
 driest inhabited continent on Earth, consisting of
 70% arid or
 semi-arid land.
 But SLRV was up to the
 challenge. Boswerger and his team designed a two-story,
 40-foot long camper van that New Atlas 
 describes as "apocalypse-grade" and ranks among the 
 largest expedition vehicles in the world. 
 Take a look inside:
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 SLRV, the country's leading
 expedition vehicle producer, designed the vehicle. 
 The family wanted to be able to travel around Australia for
 months on end, SLRV
 cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.
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 The Commander
 8x8 is SLRV's largest build to date, and one of the 
 largest expedition RVs in the world. SLRV also produces an
 array of 4-wheeler expedition vehicles. 
 "People want to take the road less traveled; they want to see
 real natural beauty," Boswerger told Business Insider. "You
 can't see that by driving around on sealed roads. People want to
 do this in a degree of comfort - and that's what vehicles like
 ours provide."
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 The 9.5kVA alternator is a "world first" in an RV, according to
 Boswerger.
 "We had to design an electrical system that not only powered all
 the appliances - it had to recharge and keep powering over and
 over out in the remote wilderness," he said in a release.
 The camper's walls are close to 5 inches thick in sections,
 providing "fantastic insulation," Boswerger told Business
 Insider. "All this allows you to stay out in Australia's remote."
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 SLRV did not disclose the price of the camper, but previously
 estimated that the price would fall between $1 and $2 million
 Australian, or between $670,000 and $1.37 million US, Caravan
 Camping Sales 
 reported.
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 The camper can hold up
 to 264 gallons of water for travel to remote areas.
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 "Australians are quickly figuring out that these vehicles are the
 best way to spend an extended amount of time exploring remote
 Australia - and the rest of the world," Boswerger told Business
 Insider. "You can travel without a timeline - go see all the
 places you don't get to see on a fly in fly out holiday or
 organized tour. It's a personalized experience where you, the
 traveler, take control of where you want to go."
 Travelers have transitioned from seeking simply "authentic"
 experiences to seeking truly meaningful experiences, Business
 Insider's Katie Warren previously 
 reported. According to the 2018 Global Wellness Summit's 2018 
 trends report, this new type of travel "doesn't discard the
 focus on authentic experiences, but takes it to a deeper
 emotional level."
 Business Insider's Taylor Borden similarly reported that 
 millionaires and billionaires are increasingly eschewing "cookie
 cutter" trips. Instead, they're favoring "transformational"
 and unexpected, never-been-done-before experiences, Borden found, 
 citing the observations of luxury lifestyle management
 company Insignia President Richard Lewis. "Our clients like their
 stable hotels, like 
 the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton, but what we're starting to
 see is that desire for an immersive experience," Lewis said.

An Australian family of eight is traveling around the wilds of
Australia in a veritable mansion on wheels.

The family, who prefers to remain anonymous, contacted
Australia’s leading luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer,
SLRV, a year and a
half ago about designing a camper that would allow them explore
the country’s most remote regions for months on end, SLRV
cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.

This was no small feat: Australia is home to some of the world’s
last
true wilderness and is the
driest inhabited continent on Earth, consisting of
70% arid or
semi-arid land.

But SLRV was up to the
challenge. Boswerger and his team designed a two-story,
40-foot long camper van that New Atlas
describes as “apocalypse-grade” and ranks among the
largest expedition vehicles in the world.

Take a look inside!

An Australian family of 8 commissioned an 8-wheel, double-decker luxury camper to explore Australia’s most remote regions.

SLRV, the country’s leading
expedition vehicle producer, designed the vehicle.

The family wanted to be able to travel around Australia for
months on end, SLRV
cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.

Dubbed the Commander 8×8, the vehicle is built on a military-grade MAN TGS truck base.

The Commander
8×8 is SLRV’s largest build to date, and one of the
largest expedition RVs in the world. SLRV also produces an
array of 4-wheeler expedition vehicles.

“People want to take the road less traveled; they want to see
real natural beauty,” Boswerger told Business Insider. “You
can’t see that by driving around on sealed roads. People want to
do this in a degree of comfort – and that’s what vehicles like
ours provide.”

The camper’s defining feature is its 6.5-foot roof lift. Activated with the push of a button on an LCD screen, it transforms the RV from one story to two.


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SLRV

The camper also boasts a state-of-the-art electric system comprised of lithium batteries charged by a solar panel system as well as a diesel backup generator and alternator.

The 9.5kVA alternator is a “world first” in an RV, according to
Boswerger.

“We had to design an electrical system that not only powered all
the appliances – it had to recharge and keep powering over and
over out in the remote wilderness,” he said in a release.

The camper’s walls are close to 5 inches thick in sections,
providing “fantastic insulation,” Boswerger told Business
Insider. “All this allows you to stay out in Australia’s remote.”

No inch of space is underutilized. Case in point: The washer unit and sink are accessed from the camper’s exterior.

SLRV did not disclose the price of the camper, but previously
estimated that the price would fall between $1 and $2 million
Australian, or between $670,000 and $1.37 million US, Caravan
Camping Sales
reported.

SLRV designed the camper to have all of the comforts of home, including ducted air conditioning and heating.


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SLRV

The first floor includes a lounge area that can seat up to 10 people …


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… as well as a fully functional kitchen with a double burner stovetop, two microwave ovens, and two fridges.


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Past the kitchen are the bathroom and shower …

The camper can hold up
to 264 gallons of water for travel to remote areas.

… and the master bedroom.


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To accommodate additional guests, the lounge can also be converted into a bedroom.


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Between the dinette and kitchen, floating stairs lead up to the second level …


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… which has a TV and six single beds with reading lights and individual windows.


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And there’s plenty of storage for life on the road.


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Today’s travelers are increasingly seeking meaningful, transformational experiences, and luxury RVs help them achieve that in style and comfort.

“Australians are quickly figuring out that these vehicles are the
best way to spend an extended amount of time exploring remote
Australia – and the rest of the world,” Boswerger told Business
Insider. “You can travel without a timeline – go see all the
places you don’t get to see on a fly in fly out holiday or
organized tour. It’s a personalized experience where you, the
traveler, take control of where you want to go.”

Travelers have transitioned from seeking simply “authentic”
experiences to seeking truly meaningful experiences, Business
Insider’s Katie Warren previously
reported. According to the 2018 Global Wellness Summit’s 2018

trends report, this new type of travel “doesn’t discard the
focus on authentic experiences, but takes it to a deeper
emotional level.”

Business Insider’s Taylor Borden similarly reported that
millionaires and billionaires are increasingly eschewing “cookie
cutter” trips. Instead, they’re favoring “transformational”
and unexpected, never-been-done-before experiences, Borden found,

citing the observations of luxury lifestyle management
company Insignia President Richard Lewis. “Our clients like their
stable hotels, like
the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton, but what we’re starting to
see is that desire for an immersive experience,” Lewis said.

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